With the advent of monsoon comes joy in the Indian subcontinent, but more often than not, rains cause major turmoil and destruction for the general populous, disrupting the workings of their everyday life. The recent news from Bengaluru has all of us in a fix. The incessant rains have caused the Bellandur lake in the southeastern part of the city to not only overflow but froth. Despite several efforts, the situation still remains dire as water has now entered some of the gated houses, which are not at a higher elevation. As the cops and local authorities try to clear the clogged water drains, Bangaloreans, as amusing as it may sound, are catching fish in the overflowing lake.
While the citizens of Bengaluru pay little heed to the inconvenience caused to commuters daily, a hero emerges among them. Amrutha, a 35-year-old transgender holds the sails for the sinking city, maneuvering traffic with her skill and determination.
The oxford dictionary defines the word transgender as “denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex.”
Amrutha’s sexual orientation or choice in no way can demean the difference she made to people’s life in Bengaluru in the past few days. Being a responsible citizen, Amrutha, like any of us, on realizing the importance of clearing traffic at peak hours to help school children and professionals, stood in knee-deep waters and controlled the traffic all alone at the underpass in KR Puram.
As she stood in the centre, no motorist tried to break the law and respected her efforts. This is a very important point. I think, we as a country and as a generation are accepting people for who they are and not what they choose or embody.
Amrutha’s efforts were respected because she was carrying out a task to help the society and NOT because she is a transgender clearing the traffic. Her intentions as a responsible citizen is the highlight of my article and not her sexual identity.
A large number of transgender people in India cannot live up to their true potential and contribute to bringing significant change in the world that they inhabit because the society doesn’t let them. A large part of the country still shuns them because we as a society shun things we don’t understand. Like every individual residing in India, transgender’s have as much of a right as you or me to exercise their civil and constitutional rights to lead an equal life.
After witnessing people struggling on the roads due to heavy rains, Amrutha exercised her rights as a responsible citizen to control the traffic for a while. After a strenuous four and a half hours, and a lots of smiling faces, she concludes that this was a very small contribution from her side to the society. I think its time we extend the same support to every transgender in India in making the journey from marginal to mainstream, a smooth one.